gua·​ra·​na | \ ˌgwä-rə-ˈnä How to pronounce guarana (audio) \

Definition of guarana

: a dried paste that is made from the seeds of a South American climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) of the soapberry family, that contains caffeine and tannin, and that is used as a stimulant also : this plant

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Recent Examples on the Web Often these supplements contain caffeine, guarana, green tea or other stimulants. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "6 Anti-Aging Supplements That May Actually Work," 8 Sep. 2020 Lightly carbonated, the energy drink contains caffeine, B vitamins, ginseng, guarana and taurine. Mark Heim |, al, "Amazon’s latest deals include everyday essentials, sales on baby, house, food, pet products," 13 Aug. 2020 Energy drinks, while sporting much less sugar than their rivals, contain potentially dangerous stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, l-carnitine and creatine. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Billions spent on ads encouraging minority youth to drink sugar-laden beverages despite health consequences," 23 June 2020 Coke Energy, which is made with guarana extracts and B-vitamins, has 114 mg of caffeine per 12-ounce serving. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "There's a new kind of Coke on shelves. You'll be forgiven if you missed it," 30 Jan. 2020 Four Loko does not contain caffeine, taurine or guarana. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Actually Happens When You Combine Alcohol and Caffeine?," 29 June 2018 Coco Loco contains cacao powder as well as ingredients often found in energy drinks, including taurine, guarana, and ginkgo biloba. Ars Technica, SELF, "The FDA Is Not Cuckoo for Coco Loko, a Chocolatey Alternative to Snorting Cocaine," 14 Dec. 2017 For example, anything with caffeine, such as caffeinated soda and coffee, sports products such as bars, gels and sports drinks, along with creatine, guarana, root and taurine are banned. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee middle, high school students enjoying new mountain biking program," 29 Sep. 2017 The New York Post reports that Coco Loko contains ginkgo biloba, taurine, and guarana, as well as cacao powder. Nick Thieme, Slate Magazine, "You Can Now Buy Chocolate Powder to Snort," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of guarana

1838, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guarana

Portuguese guaraná, from Nhengatu (Tupi-based lingua franca of Amazonia), from Sateré-Mawé (Tupian language of the middle Amazon River basin) warana

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“Guarana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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gua·​ra·​na | \ ˌgwär-ə-ˈnä How to pronounce guarana (audio) \

Medical Definition of guarana

: a dried paste made from the seeds of a Brazilian climbing shrub (Paullinia cupana) containing tannin and caffeine and used in making an astringent drink

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